Despite its intended purpose, lots of people across the country will not be spending President’s Day weekend reflecting on the achievements of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln.
Instead, they’ll be doing yoga. In really gorgeous places.
For reasons unbeknownst to us, President’s Day weekend has become a happening time for fabulous yoga getaways—from nailing Navasana in Nicaragua to shaking chakras in Miami. And with the holiday, you won’t have to use as many vacation days.
Here are five incredible President’s Day yoga retreats you’ll want to book right now…
Class-to-cocktails is the mantra for this Miami weekend at the Epic Hotel. You’ll sip BluePrint juices before flowing through poolside sun salutations and take Core Fusion classes with founders Fred DeVito and Elisabeth Halfpapp—and a live DJ. Winter beauty perk: the opportunity to book spa treatments in outdoor cabanas. Starting at $775, www.exhalespa.com
Celeb yogi Elena Brower and her long-time friend, Miami-based Christy Nones McKenzie, lead this five-day retreat at the popular eco-chic Amansala Resort in Tulum, Mexico. It includes two yoga classes per day, oceanfront meditations, and optional spa indulgences. And, we’re guessing, a ton of heart opening. www.amansalaresort.com
*Note: This retreat is currently sold out but the resort is working to possibly add more rooms.
Erica Gragg’s yoga-and-fitness-laced vacations are known for immersing you in the cultures of exotic destinations, and this spiritual trip to Angkor Wat is no exception. On this retreat, you’ll present alms to (and chat with) Buddhist monks, do yoga in an ancient temple, take a hands-on cooking class in Cambodian techniques and spices, and much more. Starting at $3,500, www.escapetoshape.com
Daily vinyasa classes with popular Kula and Bend & Bloom instructor Summer Shirey are the backbone of this trip. But you’ll also get to experience morning runs on the beach, Thai massage sessions, and surfing lessons—all while staying at a sustainable, beachfront boutique resort nestled into a hillside jungle. There’s also opportunities to explore Nicaraguan culture at artisan markets, or, if you’re an advanced surfer, take a boat to beaches with world-class waves. Starting at $1,175, www.summeryoganyc.com
You’ll get off the ground and under the water on this getaway to the island of Kauai. In addition to daily Jivamukti yoga classes, you’ll take aerial arts and Acroyoga. To soothe your tired limbs, wade in the beach’s tide pools or head to the snorkeling areas. And, of course, catered all-vegetarian meals are included. $1,550, www.jivamuktiyoga.com
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